Originally Posted by bacon_grease
This is a timely topic to discuss because I'm currently doing some digging on the subject of lightning protection...
Back to the point - I wouldn't see a hammock as being better or worse than a tent in a storm. Both arguments can be made logically and it will really come down to where the lightning decides to hit and where it will decide to run. The safest place to be in a lightning storm is FAR away.
That would be my thought. If one is on the ground next to a tree that is struck there is a lot of energy dissipated in the ground around it. If one is in a tent you will know it. If one is in a hammock I would not make a bet that the bolt would divert down the tie line but I would bet the field strength would be significant either way.
BTW, if you were looking at Shug and Hickery on the Rock Jock in the storm Shug pointed out at the beginning of one clip that they were not at the top of the ridge or under the highest trees. That's about the best one can do in a similar situation.